Olympics 2016

Video: Thomas Barr breaks Irish record to reach 400m hurdles final

Olympics 2016By Sunday World
Tom Barr celebrates his semi-final win
Tom Barr celebrates his semi-final win

Thomas Barr produced the performance of his life to qualify for the final of the 400m hurdles on Thursday.

The Waterford athlete smashed his own Irish record to win the third semi-final in a time of 48.39.

The 24-year-old was visibly chuffed after the race.

His display is even more remarkable when you consider that his preparation has been curtailed by injury woes.

It's the first time since 1932 that Ireland have had a finalist in the 400m hurdles, when Bob Tisdall won gold.